The man behind @IDFSpokesperson found himself in hot water after posting a "blackface" Facebook photo of himself.
Sacha Dratwa, the 26-year-old man in charge of the Israeli military's incredibly active social media presence, faced accusations of racism after the website, Al-Akhbar English, discovered a certain photo of him on Facebook. The photo, which appears to show Dratwa's face covered in mud, is captioned with the words "Obama style."
Dratwa posted the following statement to Facebook on Monday:
There have been attempts to make use of private photos from my Facebook profile in order to publicly misrepresent my opinions. Due to the amount of public attention I've garnered in recent days I have decided to restrict access to my page, in order to protect my privacy and prevent further cynical use of the information therein. I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide – as reflected by my Facebook profile, which until recently was open to everyone. The aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the IDF.
Dratwa, via the Twitter handle @IDFSpokesperson, garnered attention for his live-tweeting of the Israeli military's recent strikes on Gaza.
**CORRECTION: The above Facebook photo was originally attributed to Your Black World. It has been corrected to Al-Akhbar English.